1.30am 29/07/16 Daniel Sanderson
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court yesterday said that SNP plan to assign a state-appointed figure to look out for the welfare of every child in Scotland will have to be drastically overhauled as it breaches human rights legislation in its current form.
The decision means that the named person will no longer be rolled out nationwide next month as originally planned. Ministers pledged to make changes to ensure the law does not overstep legal boundaries when sharing information about children and families, but insisted the scheme would still be brought in “as soon as possible” Read in full TheHerald
The controversial Named Person scheme, pioneered in the Highlands and operational for the past five years, will not be derailed by the Supreme Court’s concerns.
The Scottish Government and Highland Council spelled out within hours of today’s ruling by five judges that they would press on with the initiative – because it had been given the court’s blessing, according to Highland education director Bill Alexander.
He was among the first to digest the detail of the court judgement and then discussed it, via a video link to Edinburgh, with Scottish Education Secretary and Deputy First Minister John Swinney.